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  • Supply man accused of pointing pistol at neighbor

    A Supply man accused of pointing a pistol at his neighbor remains jailed on $1 million bail.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 35-year-old Matthew Ryan Beach, of Deer Drive, on March 17 and charged him with assault by pointing a gun, a misdemeanor, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Warrants show Beach pointed a Lorcin .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol at a woman living on Maple Hill Drive in Supply on March 17 “without legal justification.”

  • Southport man charged in December shooting

    A Southport man is accused of shooting into a residence occupied by an infant and two adults last December. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 18-year-old Deandre Trevon Williams, of Bluewater Street, on March 22 and charged him with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    Warrants show Williams fired a .25-caliber ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) into a home in the 3500 block of Reichway SE in Southport on Dec. 11.

    Williams remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

  • Man charged in series of Southport break-ins

    A 34-year-old man is accused of committing a series of break-ins in Southport.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested James Miller Eason II, of Treeline Drive in Southport, on March 21 and charged him with breaking or entering, attempting to break or enter a building, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of first-degree burglary and five counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle. He also is charged with misdemeanor injury to real property and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.

  • Two arrested after robbery, high-speed chase across state line

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Charlotte couple accused of robbing two Horry County, S.C., businesses Friday morning, March 24, after a high-speed chase.

    No one was injured.

  • Sunset Beach road closure scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach public works department staff will close a portion of Magnolia Drive between Park and Seaside roads at 9 a.m. Monday, March 27, for stormwater pipe repairs.

    The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. The repair is expected to take three days.

    Afterward, staff will replace stormwater pipe at Kirkwood Place and Magnolia Drive. The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. This repair is expected to take two days. 

  • Sunset Beach couple charged with selling drugs

    A Sunset Beach couple is accused of selling drugs from their home.

    Robert Austin Kelly, 45, and Niki Lee Stiltner, 43, of 807 Dogwood Drive were arrested Wednesday, March 22, and are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Pedestrian hit crossing U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    A car struck a Shallotte man while he was walking across U.S. 17 on Tuesday night, March 21.

    Daniel Lamont King, 25, is in critical condition as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    No other injuries were reported.

  • Brunswick County charges dropped against man accused in Whiteville stabbings

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    All Brunswick County charges against a man accused of stabbing two women, one fatally, in Whiteville last year have been dismissed.

    Investigators said 51-year-old James Edward McKamey of Whiteville stabbed 35-year-old Reshonta Love in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29 and 65-year-old Greer in the 900 block of Smyrna Drive minutes later.

    McKamey faces the death penalty if convicted.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Fire chief to appear in court on assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on March 31 to face misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges filed against him by a Wilmington man last month.

    Herzig is accused of assaulting and striking Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington, by pushing him, striking him in the face and back of the head and choking him from behind, a warrant reads.